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Benjamin Britten

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Country of Birth:

England

Year of Birth:

1913

Year of Death:

1976

About the composer Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 - 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist; and one of the central figures of 20th century British classical music. He showed talent from an early age, and first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of his opera Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. For the next fifteen years he devoted much of his compositional attention to writing operas, establishing him as one of the leading 20th century figures in this genre. Britten's interests as a composer were wide-ranging; he produced important music in such varied genres as orchestral, choral, solo vocal (much of it written for his life partner, tenor Peter Pears), chamber and instrumental, as well as film music. He also took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, and was an outstanding pianist and conductor.
Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 22 November 1913, the youngest of four children. His father, Robert, was a dentist, and his mother Edith, a talented amateur musician who gave Britten his first lessons in piano and notation. He showed musical gifts very early in life, making his first attempts at composition aged five, and thereafter composing prolifically as a child. He started piano lessons with a teacher from his pre-prep school when aged 7, and viola lessons with Audrey Alston when 10 years old.
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Nathan Gunn Look Through the Port Comes the MoonShine Astray 38360
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Embroidery Aria from Peter Grimes 39193
Embroidery Aria
(Peter Grimes)
Patricia Racette

Opera Australia s Peter Grimes 46828
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(Peter Grimes)
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Maltman Within this frail crucible Rape of Lucretia 140589
Within this frail crucible of light
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Christopher Maltman

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(Billy Budd)
James Morris
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(A Midsummer Night's Dream)
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Billy Budd Epilogue 152859
We committed his body to the deep
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Scenes by Benjamin Britten

Arias by Benjamin Britten
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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1You've just come in time Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
2You must be mrs Grose Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
3Within this frail crucible of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
4Why did you call me Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
5Why did she stare. She belongs to Sid Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
6Who who made you take the letter Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Peter Quint
7When young at the bar (Ungrateful Macheath!) Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
8When my cue comes call me Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bottom
9What would Missus Herring say Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy
10We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11Virtue, says holy writ Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
12Virgins are like the fair flower Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
13Tom the piper's son Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S trLanguage: English

Roles: Flora/Miles
14Tis woman that seduces all mankind Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
15Time treads upon the hands of women Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
16Tickling a trout poaching a hare Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
17Thus gamesters united in friendship Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
18The Journey: Nearly there Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
19Tarquinius does not dare Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
20Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
21Soon the coach will carry you away Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
22Soliloquy and Prayer: On rivalries 'tis safe for kings Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
23So she has written Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint
24She sleeps as a rose Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
25She is here in my own room Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Miss Jessel
26See how sweetly he plays Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
27Second Lute Song 'Happy Were He' Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
28Run, poor sweep boy! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
29Quint Peter Quint the master's valet Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.10-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
30Quiet children Lord! Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose
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